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Sr. Audrey M. Strassel MSC

March 29, 1927 ~ June 30, 2018 (age 91)
Sister Audrey M. Strassel (also known as Sr. Eusebia) passed away June 30th at the age of 91 at East Jefferson Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana. Sister was born on March 29, 1927, in Algiers, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Edward C. Strassel and Mary Enola Heitmeier Strassel. Preceded in death by her two sisters, Emelda B. Maggio and Geraldine S. Meyer; two brothers, Herman Burmaster, and Leslie “Pete” Strassel; and two nieces Lynn Burmaster and Marlene Meyer Aysien. Survived by a brother, E. David Strassel, Sr., as well as many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great grand nieces and nephews. Twin nieces Marie and Mary Strassel gave many years of love through exceptional caregiving. Sister Audrey entered the Marianites of Holy Cross in 1944 and made her final profession in 1950. She received her BA in Education from Our Lady of Holy Cross College and studied theology at Loyola University in New Orleans. Sister was an elementary school teacher for 52 years. She taught in Plaquemine and Houma but she spent most of her religious life ministering in schools in New Orleans: St. Mary of the Angels, St. Cecilia, Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Agnes, and St. Christopher. She spent 25 years on the faculty at her high school alma mater Holy Name of Mary, where she also coached girls’ sports and assisted with liturgical singing. After retirement she volunteered for 10 years in the school office there. She entered Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in 2017. She was a Marianite for 74 years. “Aunt” Audrey adored her family and adorned the bulletin board outside her room with countless photographs of its newest members. She loved and enjoyed the Marianites at Wisdom and the new friends she made there. Almost every day after supper, she joined Sr. Owen Quintana and several residents who played cards just outside her room. She didn’t play herself but enjoyed the socializing—and the snacks each person brought to share. She had a stash in her room for that very purpose which her nieces kept well-stocked. Family and friends are invited to attend services on Friday, July 6 in the chapel at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center. Visitation is from 9 am until 11 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment is immediately after the Mass at the Marianite mausoleum adjacent to Wisdom. A reception follows at Our Lady of Wisdom. The Marianites of Holy Cross offer gratitude to the administration and staff at Our Lady of Wisdom. In lieu of flowers, thank you for offering donations to the Marianites of Holy Cross Retirement Fund (21388 Smith Road, Covington, LA 70435) JACOB SCHOEN & SON in charge of arrangements. Condolences May be expressed at

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